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Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

1. Rome: Caracalla Baths & Circus Maximus — Private or Shared

Immerse yourself into a green archeological area a stone’s throw from the Colosseum and explore two of the ancient Romans’ favorite places of leisure. Save time with an express and complete guided tour featuring insider tips. Let your guide bring to life the impressive ruins of the best-preserved baths in Rome. Marvel at their gigantic walls and wander through the monumental rooms of the Caracalla thermal complex. Be an ancient Roman as you go through the exact steps of a typical day at the baths in the 3rd century AD. Discover the bizarre range of services offered in this ancient spa for both the body and mind. Appreciate the architectural greatness of Imperial Rome and be surprised by the abilities of the ancient engineers. Learn about the labor-intensive underfloor heating system, find out the techniques used to maintain the desired temperature in every room, and admire the geometric motifs on the beautiful mosaics all over the place. Then, head toward what is considered to have been the largest structure for public games ever built by mankind. Standing where the Circus Maximus once existed, learn about the glorious Roman “Ludi,” the spectacular multi-venue celebrations held for up to several days. Let your guide drive your imagination through chariot races, gladiator fights, and the clamor of the public while walking on the soil where they used to take place. Finally, travel back in time to a quasi-legendary era before Rome itself and find out the circus’s foundations in the early myths and gods.

Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

2. Rome: Appian Way Catacombs and Aqueducts Private Bike Tour

Swap the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day in the countryside in this fantastic 3-hour or 5-hour electric bike tour. Your guide will be waiting for you at Lungotevere delle Armi 44, where this wonderful adventure will begin. Your route is Via Appia Antica (Appian Way), one of the most important access roads of the city of the Roman Empire. You can follow your guide through imposing aqueducts, including landmarks such as the Catacombs of San Callisto, and will also cross the Regional Park of Appia Antica. You have the option to take a 3-hour tour by electric or manual bicycle, or can instead opt to choose the 5-hour tour which also includes a visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

3. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Fast-Track Tour

Go back in time to the glorious days of Ancient Rome on a guided tour with fast-track entry. Explore the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, Temple of Romulus, Temple of Julius Caesar, Senate House, Palatine Hill, and Stadium of Domitian. Breeze past the crowds and enter the Colosseum with your guide. As you explore this Roman structure, your guide will set the scene for what attending a gladiator match was like. Discover the first and second tiers of the Colosseum, areas that were reserved for Rome’s most elite. Learn how the Colosseum was built and the history of the bloody battles that defined ancient Roman history. Spend an hour inside the Colosseum, which is perfect for families or those who want to cover the most ground in little time. Next, follow your guide to Palatine Hill, the site where Romulus is said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. Admire the opulent palaces characterized by detailed artifacts and mosaics. Besides being the residence of Rome’s most elite, they were enormous treasure troves. See a piece of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Finally, make your way to the Roman Forum. Be escorted around what the locals like to call “ancient downtown Rome.” Discover the cultural hub of ancient Rome where all the action happened, from senate meetings to poetry performances and political protests.

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

4. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Enjoy a private or shared group tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with a local guide. Travel back in time to the Roman era and immerse yourself in the Colosseum's fascinating history. In the company of your local guide, delve into the mystery that surrounds the games held at the Colosseum and the fascinating stories of the famous gladiators who thrilled the crowds with their brutish fighting. Next, continue to the second part of the tour, Palatine Hill. Before Rome became a city, it was a cluster of separate villages built upon the seven hills of Rome. The centremost of these was Palatine Hill. Nowadays, you can enjoy breathtaking views across the entire city and admire the ruins of several Roman palaces. Your final stop is the Roman Forum, the beating heart of Ancient Rome. Here, walk in the Emperors’ footsteps and marvel at the amazing views over the Imperial Forum. Find out about what life was like for the Romans of that era in the political, social, and economic center of the ancient city. Your tour ends at the forum, where you’re welcome to continue exploring or head off for some local food and drink. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on the best spots to eat and drink in the area.

Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

5. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! You'll stop off many of the main attractions of Rome, and also have a chance to visit many charming smaller squares and buildings that are lesser-known. Your guide will take you from the Imperial Forum all the way through to the Pantheon and will share all about the history and curiosities that have made Rome's story - from its foundation to the present day. Morning Tour Highlights: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Villa Borghese and scenic view of Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theatre of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum Afternoon Tour Highlights: Colosseum Circus Maximus and view of the Palatine Aventine Hill and Orange Garden with a romantic view of Rome, including Saint Peter’s dome Trastevere Santa Maria in Trastevere basilica Piazza Farnese Hidden charming alleys: the soul of real Rome Piazza Navona (former Stadium of Domitian) Pantheon Jewish ghetto and Portico di Ottavia Theater of Marcellus Panoramic view of the Roman Forum

Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

6. Rome: Colosseum Arena Private Tour with Ancient City

The Colosseum is easily the most well-known of all Rome’s ancient architectural marvels. Its massive, towering walls still stand largely intact after 19 centuries, and its symmetrically arranged archways are a constant reminder of the orderly nature of Roman society. Benefit from fast track entry and learn fascinating stories from your expert local guide. Enter the Colosseum through its secret back door, called the “Gate of Death” because it was used to take out of the arena the ones who failed in battle. From there, go straight onto a wooden reconstruction of the original arena floor. From the center of the Colosseum, enjoy fantastic views over the tiered seating of the monument. There will be plenty of space to move around and take some insta-worthy pictures. Discover the best of the Eternal City and continue your adventure to the Roman Forum, a place that was once the political heart of ancient Rome. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Caesar, the Senate and many other important buildings to fully understand the daily life of the Roman citizen. You will end up this fascinating tour with spectacular views from the top of the Palatine Hill.

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

7. Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Head to Rome on a full-day guided panoramic tour of the Eternal City. You’ll be welcomed by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia port, where you’ll board a comfortable air-conditioned coach that will take you to one of the world’s most beautiful, artistic, and charming cities. The first stop is just a stone’s throw away from the Palazzaccio (Palace of Justice) in Piazza dei Tribunali. From here you can admire the most powerful and imposing castle ever built in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo. Nearby you’ll marvel at magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione. Feast your eyes on the semi-circular colonnades that frame St. Peter's Square, designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. Choose an optional tour of St. Peter's Basilica, with its Baroque and Renaissance facade that dominates the square and the skyline with its perfectly designed dome. Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. You'll be driven on the bus for a panoramic ride along the streets near the Tiber, cross it near the Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, and the second largest Roman baths called the Baths of Caracalla. At the end of this amazing panoramic ride, you will stop in Via Petroselli, near the Theatre of Marcellus. When you reach the Capitoline Hill you'll see the beautiful Cordonata that leads to Piazza del Campidoglio. When you reach the Althar of the Fatherland, you will see the famous Via dei Fori Imperiali leading to the Coliseum. Then you'll be able to observe the Traian’s Forum, and continue to the Trevi Fountain where you can toss a coin into the water to ensure that you’ll return to Rome one day! Next on the itinerary is a break for a quick lunch or just an ice cream (gelato), if you prefer. Admire the incredibly well-preserved Pantheon, built as a temple with a massive dome. You may enter to see the tombs of Victor Emanuell II and Raphael. You’ll see Piazza Navona with the 4 Rivers Fountain by Bernini, before ending your visit to Rome and heading back to the Civitavecchia port.

Rome: Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Game

8. Rome: Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Game

Experience an immersive and interactive VR experience dedicated to competitions held at the Circus Maximus, the largest monumental building reserved for performances in Roman times. Discover the history and various transformations of the Circus Maximus as the main protagonist on a journey through Roman history. Walk "live" through the streets of Rome surrounded by soldiers and ancient Romans, admiring the surrounding monuments such as the Arch of Titus, the majestic multi-story monumental fountain, the Settizodio. After a short break, staff will accompany you to the starting point of the chariot race. There you will put on the VR headset again to admire the impressive internal structure that could accommodate up to 385,000 spectators. Choose your favorite faction and compete to earn the Emperors favor!

Rome Driving Tour By Vintage Fiat 500

9. Rome Driving Tour By Vintage Fiat 500

Enjoy a panoramic 3-hour sightseeing tour of Rome from behind the wheel of an iconic vintage Fiat 500. Departing from a garage just meters from the Colosseum, you will set off in convoy to see many of the Eternal City’s most historic sights. But you are as much an attraction as the Roman Forum and narrow streets of Trastevere from the seat of your candy-colored car. Stop from time-to-time to take pictures of sites en route, such as the Arch of Constantine and Circus Maximus. See curious sights, such as the secret keyhole of Aventine Hill, and the charming Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta (Piazza of the Knights of Malta). Drive along the Lungotevere, following the banks of the River Tiber. And cross into Trastevere, where the tight streets are a breeze for vehicles as small as the Fiat 500! Your guide will give brief explanations in English or French, before you head off again, never going faster than 18.5 mph (30 kmph). Vehicles even have a soft-top roof so you can enjoy the sun. Stop for a cappuccino or espresso, or one of the most incredible ice creams in Rome. Please note: driver must be in possession of a European Union or an International driving license  If you don’t feel like driving, then a driver can be provided for a small surcharge. The tour is designed to reach spots that the big hop-on, hop-off buses can’t get to. And undoubtedly you’ll feel like a movie star on the red carpet as you turn heads wherever you go. You can choose between 2 different options: a 90-minute tour or a 3-hour tour. 

Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill Guided Tour

Explore the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill on a guided tour. Enter the Colosseum, admire the vast building from every angle, notice where the building has crumbled from past earthquakes, and tread in the footsteps of ancient Romans. Walk up to Palatine Hill and take in breathtaking views of the ruins from the top. Upon entering Palatine Hill, you'll see the House of Augustus and witness a vast collection of frescoes that would give you a deeper insight into Ancient Rome and its rulers. Visit the Roman Forum, a place that used to be the site of triumphal processions and elections and the venue for public speeches in ancient Rome. See the Temple of Romulus, an architectural wonder located within the Roman Forum. Hear fascinating stories about these sites from your tour guide.

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based on 4,195 reviews

The visit was spectacular. I recommend purchasing a guided tour. Without such support, we often just go for a walk and take pictures. If we want to learn a little more, we have to visit accompanied by a qualified guide. That's what happened to us and I'm glad we made that choice.

The tour was great. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the ruins and was previously an archeologist. The tour moved at a good pace and was informative. We really wanted to see the underground of the Colosseum so this provided a great experience to do so.

Lorenzo was a wonderful, funny and knowledgable tour guide, good English, easy to follow/understand. Very clear and knew his history well! He also managed to keep us entertained with a few jokes. Grazie

Amed was very competent and informative. We enjoyed the tour very much and caught a glimpse of the grandeur of the Roman civilization.

It was quite full, but the guide always found good solutions. In the end we experienced an impressive tour